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Old 09-11-2015, 12:22 PM   #15
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Another vote for Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Beautiful area to stay a few nights.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:27 PM   #16
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Not an rv park but a free town park....
The little town of Empire allows camping in their city park. They have 110 volt power and water. It's little used, and very nice. It's a 40 minute drive west if Denver, very close to Georgetown.

Register with the local police chief.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:39 PM   #17
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We also stayed there at Tiger Run for a Mini rally in 2012, it is a very nice place but at 60 to 80 dollars a night that's more than pricy. Chatfield State Park south west of Denver is a very nice campground with full hook up's, at a much better price.
I've never been to Chatfield, but it's one that I was looking at it because they are supposed to give discounts to Disabled Veterans. Army Corp of Engineers either built this lake, maintains it, or has something to do with it.

I acquired an *America The Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands* Access Pass, years ago when it was called a "Golden Pass".

Chatfield State Park
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Chatfield

Clicking on a state in this map will show you Army Corp of Engineers Lake campgrounds.
www.CorpsLakes.us - Corps Lakes Gateway


Summary of Recreation Fee Discount Passes that the Army Corp of Engineers is authorized to issue, sell, or accept.
http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/vis...ount-chart.pdf


National and Federal Access Pass for Permanent Disability
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

The other campground we looked at was Cherry Creek. It is also an Army Corp of Engineers project.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Cherry Creek

BTW, Normal full hook prices for either of these places are $26 a night during the summer, and $24 a night off season, (beginning 9/30)


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Old 09-11-2015, 02:59 PM   #18
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We love the Taylor lake area north east of Gunnison. We stayed in both Lakeview campgrounds this summer. We had a serious medical event and the two sets of camp hosts were helping at every step of the situation. I could not have ask for a better group of kind, caring people. I will forever be grateful for the degree of skill with which they handled the situation.
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:23 PM   #19
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OMG....Lyle....that is an incredible offer!!!
Wow...not sure how to even reply to it.....
Yes, this is our first adventure. We pick up our trailer on October 1st in Ottawa, Ontario. We have never owned a trailer, never mind an AS.
The community here on the Airforums have been incredibly helpful with tonnes of information, ideas, and answering every single, silly question I have had over the past 2 month.
Plan on hitting the road November 1st. Don't think we will be getting to Colorado till November 4th or 5th. What is the weather like there the first week of November? I think that is the determining factor as to how long we will stay in CO. Plan on making our way down to Zion and then to Joshua tree, before a conference we are attending the 3 week of November in SF.
Any information you could share would be very much appreciated.
Thank you so much again.
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:39 AM   #20
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I live at 9000' in Colorado. I would not want to pull a trailer on I-70 through the Rockies in November. You may have bright sunny skies, or you could just as easily encounter a heavy, wet snowstorm.

Mountain driving can be treacherous this time of year. Your planned arrival time here is a mere 10 days before most major ski resorts open.
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Old 09-12-2015, 10:04 AM   #21
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Plug in the location you're curious about here (this is the info everyone uses to make their best weather guess)
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...7#.VfQ8NZm9Kc1
For Colorado roads plug in the one you want to know about. It's pretty accurate and Colorado is really good about trying to keep the roads plowed.
http://www.cotrip.org/home.htm
If you do hit inclement weather, take it easy - we hate cleaning up crumpled vehicles on the side of the road in a snow drift.
It's really easy to drive in snow once you get used to it. In the 70s as a volunteer ski patrol I drove my rear wheel drive muscle car to work no matter the road conditions - but I'd never do it now, too many people on the road who don't know how to drive in snow.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:39 PM   #22
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We travel roundtrip from Denver to AZ every year over Christmas/New Years and Spring Break. It is very hit and miss with the snow. A few times it has been very snow packed with 12-24" high snow right up against the drive lane. It is why I drive a 4x4. If you don't have 4x4 you might want a set of chains, or better yet wait till it is clear. If it is bad Dakota Ridge RV Resort is right off I-70 & Colfax right before you start the climb. It can also turn the shinny trailer into one big yucky mess that you need to clean off as soon as possible. The other consideration is it will most likely be freezing especially at night so you will need to be prepared to heat tape and insulate your water line. Make sure your fresh tank is empty and put RV antifreeze in your grey and black tank. I would flush with antifreeze till you get to warmth. If you take Lyle up on his Tiger Run RV Site it is right across the street from the club/pool house so you can use the facilities there and not need to hook the water up.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:54 PM   #23
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Kalidas, I recommend joining the Good Sam Club and using their online listing of all campgrounds. The old print version was considered essential decades ago (as were other organizations like Woodalls etc.). Their rating system has proved to be accurate in my experience, with one aspect (bathroom cleanliness) of particular interest to many travelers.

GS has a new Trip Planner function which works pretty well, which lets you set basic way points you want to hit, then adjust a search function width for everything within a certain distance of your route.

PS -- The Good Sam listings include lots of little inexpensive state and federal parks, which are fun to discover and check out. Many are very close to one's planned route, but not advertised at all, so would be easy to miss. Some of my favorite overnights on the road have been at these small inexpensive parks.

PS2 -- edit -- just read more of this thread, and ditto to the advice that November is no time to dilly dally in the Rockies. I would head south as quickly as you can. The weather will dictate your route and timing . . . IMO.
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150 miles west of Denver is no name city. Rv campground was beautiful, right on the Colorado River


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Sounds like Lyle's offer at Tiger Run is a good bet.

If that doesn't work out for some reason, that campground in the City of Golden is here: Clear Creek RV Park | City of Golden, Colorado

They were very nice to us last April, though we didn't get the chance to stay with them. We got snowed out!
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